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2017 Kona Honzo Carbon race, trail hardtail mountain bikes hit the dirt

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They call it Deja Vu. We call it one bike with two personalities depending on spec. The bike is called the Honzo Carbon, and regardless of whether it comes with the “Race” or “Trail”, it gets Boost spacing and a 120mm fork.

Built for North Shore riding as much as World Cup XC courses, the new Honzo Carbon sheds 600g off the alloy version’s weight and gets modern trail geometry to tackle the aggressive descending on today’s trails. Stealth dropper routing means it can be equipped for even steeper descents if you want, but short chainstays help it climb upwards as well.

The official release is July 17, along with more of Kona’s 2017 models, but they’ve put together a little video shred session and spec lists below…

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Model: HONZO CR RACE
Frame: Kona Carbon Trail
Wheel Size: 29
Wheels: WTB KOM i23 TCS
Fork: Fox Float 34 Performance 120mm Boost
Crankset: Shimano SLX
Drivetrain: Shimano SLX/XT Shadow Plus 1x 11spd
Cockpit: Kona XC/BC 35 bar and stem, Kona S-LOG grips
Brakes: Shimano SLX
Front Tire: Maxxis Ikon EXO TR 3C 29×2.35″
Rear Tire: Maxxis Ikon EXO TR 3C 29×2.2″
Saddle: WTB SL8

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Model: HONZO CR TRAIL
Frame: Kona Carbon Trail
Wheel Size: 29
Wheels: WTB Asym i29 TCS
Fork: Fox Float 34 Performance 120mm Boost
Crankset: Race Face Aeffect SL
Drivetrain: Shimano SLX/XT Shadow Plus 1x 11spd
Cockpit: Kona XC/BC 35 bar and stem, ODI Ruffian MX grips
Brakes: Shimano SLX
Front Tire: Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR 3C 29×2.3″
Rear Tire: Maxxis Ardent EXO DUAL TR 29×2.25″
Saddle: WTB SL8

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Model: HONZO CR TRAIL DL
Frame: Kona Carbon Trail
Wheel Size: 29
Wheels: WTB Asym i29 TCS
Fork: RockShox Pike RCT3 120mm Boost
Crankset: SRAM X01
Drivetrain: SRAM X01 1x 11spd
Cockpit: Kona XC/BC 35 bar and stem, ODI Ruffian MX grips
Brakes: SRAM Guide RSC
Front Tire: Maxxis Minion DHF EXO TR 3C 29×2.3″
Rear Tire: Maxxis Ardent EXO DUAL TR 29×2.25″
Saddle: WTB SL8

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Frank
Frank
7 years ago

Interesting, but the only difference is the tires/rims? Does it fit 27.5+?

Antoine
Antoine
7 years ago

That is one very interesting bike. As a XC racer i never liked the short steep and twitchy geometry of most xc racing machine and never felt it made me faster.

Tim
Tim
7 years ago

Would be good to know about 27.5, like Frank said!

Willis24
7 years ago
Reply to  Tim

Yep! Still want a reasonably priced carbon single speed that is actually designed around 120 for geometry. Clutches and 1x are great for the market, but I simply do not need gears on any trail that I ride.

Justin
Justin
7 years ago

Should have kept a SS option. That was half the reason this frame has a following. The Geo is the other half for sure, but an SS Trail DL model would have made a huge impact.

Collin
7 years ago
Reply to  Justin

Completely agree. We need more single speed options.

BurkeVT
BurkeVT
7 years ago

Looks fun. I hope this bike gets lots of play. Aggressive hardtail trail 29er’s are great in carbon. (Love my Canfield EPO.) I’m glad to see that Kona has finally jumped in.

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